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Woman’s body exhumed: Relatives suspect foul play

By Neminda Samarajeeva
The body of a 34-year-old woman who died in Bahrain of burns has been ordered to be exhumed by the Gampaha Chief Magistrate Mackie Mohamed, when the relatives of the woman, suspecting foul play, complained to the Ganemulla police. After filing action police visited the Ganemulla cemetery with the Gampaha Chief Magistrate and Additional Magistrate Nimal Perera along with the Ragama JMOs Dr. Suranga Perera and Dr. Sampath Jayawardena and unearthed the body at 11.30 am on August 20. It is now lying at the Ragama Mortuary awaiting a postmortem.

The JMOs have informed the Bahrain hospital where she died and had requested for the related documents to be sent to Sri Lanka. It is after receiving these reports only could the postmortem be performed the, JMOs confirmed.

When the woman from Ganemulla had left for Bahrain in May 2011 to work as a house maid, her husband and the 9-year-old son also had left with her. They had been employed as house maid and electrician and lived together in a house. On June 15 the electricity had failed in their home and the husband had looked for the wife with the aid of a cigarette lighter. It is alleged at the time a fire had irrupted in the house and she had sustained burn injuries and had been taken to a hospital in Bahrain where after one week she had been pronounced dead.

According to Ganemulla police without performing the postmortem in that country, the body had arrived in Sri Lanka. Later the body had been embalmed at a local funeral parlour before burial on June 29.
Under the directions of Ganemulla OIC Inspector of Police Daminda Somajith, OIC crimes IP Vanderget and SI Sunil are investigating.